Swiss proceed with Palestine summit despite pressure

Israel and US likely to stay away from international conference of the Fourth Geneva Convention states on Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Swiss proceed with Palestine summit despite pressure

World Bulletin/News Desk

 Switzerland will proceed with hosting a summit on Israeli-Palestinian relations on Wednesday despite diplomatic pressure from Israel, the U.S., Canada and Australia.

The short, three-hour summit is an international conference of the Fourth Geneva Convention signatory states on issues regarding the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza.

Delegations from almost 200 countries are to travel to Geneva, although Israel, the U.S., Canada and Australia are not expected to attend.

The summit is planning to focus on implementation of international humanitarian law in Israeli-Palestinian relations.

All 196 UN member states are signatories to the Convention and Palestine adopted the treaty in April 2014.

Wednesday’s conference will take place after the French and Irish parliaments became the latest in Europe to call on their governments last week to recognize an independent state of Palestine.

In October, Sweden became the 135th of the world’s 193 nations, and the first western EU member state, to recognize Palestine.

There have also been non-binding parliamentary votes on recognizing Palestine in the U.K., France and Spain.

 

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